"Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you - for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart...don't listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love...
"Receive Communion often, very often...there you have the sole remedy, if you want to be cured. Jesus has not put this attraction in your heart for nothing..."
"The guest of our soul knows our misery; He comes to find an empty tent within us - that is all He asks."- St. Therese of Lisieux
Today marks the feast of Corpus Christi.
For Catholics, this a time to reflect on Our Lord's suffering upon the cross. It is also an opportunity to outwardly express out love and devotion for our salvation in the Holy Eucharist.
Let our prayers on this feast day, celebrating The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, ask God to inspire respect in the hearts of men for the beautiful sacrament. May we also see a return to the display of dignity and respect that Catholics used to revere this day with.
The procession is an opportunity for non-Catholics and non-practising Catholics to be challenged with the incredible sight of people showing their reverence for Our Lord. It seems extremely unlikely that our clergy will change their ways and inspire a renewal in the Church, so it is up to us to do it for them...inspiring our brothers and sisters in the process.
The video below shows a procession in Co. Cork in 1941. In post-Alan Shatter Ireland, it is hard to imagine the military being involved in a ceremony as this anytime soon. Nor is it plausible that the cafeteria Catholics who make up much of our political parties would even attend let alone show true reverence.
Yet, this must be our goal. For the justice of all, for the honour of God, a renewal of all things through Christ. In our hearts, until we save our rotting nation.
'We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the most High God'
Proclamation of the Irish Republic 1916